If a person dies without a living trust, that person's estate will, in most cases, have to proceed through a legal process known as probate.
What happens if my loved one dies without a will?
Despite frequent reminders about the importance of estate planning, many people in California die every year without having a will or other formal estate plan in place.
Mechanics liens can cause headaches to homeowners
While this blog has talked about real estate issues that San Jose residents may face should they fall behind in their mortgage payments.
Aretha Franklin's estate falls under court supervision
The battle between family members of the estate of the great pop and soul artist Aretha Franklin is ongoing and, based how a recent court hearing transpired, may be getting worse.
Why would I want a testamentary trust?
There is a lot of hype, much of it well-deserved, given to the practice of using trusts in order to avoid probate.
Three reasons to update your estate plan after you move
Moving into a new home can be an exciting and busy time. Before your move, you probably have paperwork to sign, boxes to pack and services to discontinue.
Powers and duties of an attorney in fact
While previous posts have discussed how estate administration works after a California resident dies, there are many occasions in which someone in the San Jose area may still be alive yet require help managing their property and business affairs.
California's anti-deficiency rule
California has a law on the books that offers some protection to certain homeowners who are facing foreclosure.
What is the purpose of a special needs trust?
As the name implies, Californians can use a special needs trust to provide for a loved one who has unique needs due to an intellectual or physical disability.
Estate planning considerations for your home
Your home is likely one of your most significant assets. You may have raised your children there and worked diligently throughout your life to make it into your dream home.